I hardly feel like this author and illustrator needs an introduction around here. Jan Brett is rather widely known for her charming stories and illustrations. She has a style that is uniquely her own and is delightful to both the adult reader and the curious youngster. No doubt you are very familiar with who she is.
Our library had 28 of her titles in stock and so I swooped them up on my last visit. We have spent the last few weeks reading old-to-us Brett titles and reveling in some new discoveries. One thing I have been impressed with is the wide variety of stories she tells and subject matters that she covers. Sure, she hits on the holidays (leaning heavily towards the winter months), but she takes us around the world in story and also tells some timeless fairy tales as well. It's been a lot of fun becoming more familiar with her work across the board.
I'll share our favorite titles later in the week but in the meantime, here are a few good Brett resources if you are looking for something fun to do in conjunction with any number of her books:
Jan Brett's website (listing all of her books)
Jan Brett Coloring Pages (to accompany her stories)
Send an e-postcard with Jan Brett illustrations (just for fun!)
Here are some online Brett Book Character computer games
Download and make your own Brett bookmark
Create a coloring alphabet (Traditional, Cursive and Modern Manuscript all available)
Print your own Christmas Advent Calendar
Create character masks for your children to color and wear as you read Brett books!
Create Town Mouse, Country Mouse finger puppets
Learn How to Draw a Hedgehog
. . . there are hundreds of Jan Brett book activities on her site so browse the list and I'm certain you'll find some way to interact more with the stories and your young readers!
You might also want to check out her collection of How to Draw Videos
There are a plethora of things to do involving Jan Brett books! I'm blown away with how much she has offered up to her young readers online. It's really very impressive!
Enjoy browsing her site and finding a few activities to keep you and yours entertained this fall and winter season!